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New case - Define R3 or Obsidian 550?

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March 30, 2012 8:06:35 AM

Hi everyone,

I've been looking at cases for a while now and basically debating between the two mentioned above. I am planning to build a computer with an Ivy Bridge CPU (not sure if I'm going for i5 or i7, but definitely the unlocked version) and a GTX680, with the option to go SLI later if need be. I intend to overclock, but with air cooling only - planning to get a Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler.

Basically I want a cool and quiet case. According to most reviews neither of the two run very cool, but my plan was to add a side fan (or two in the case of 550D) to get better cooling performance, as according to http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/02/10/the-big-coo... the best place to put extra fans is on the side.

I was wondering if anyone had any input on this decision, apart from waiting for a review that compares the two. According to Hexus ( http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/chassis/36473-corsair-obs... ), the 550D is the quietest case they have ever tested, but the r3 has not been tested.

I'm aware the r3 is significantly cheaper, particularly as it includes fan control, which I would really like to have, but there are things I quite like about the corsair (the extra side fan spot, magnetic dust collectors, even better ease of mounting).

Please also feel free to suggest other cases that might be better suited.

Thanks for your help.
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March 30, 2012 8:15:47 AM

Nje said:
Hi everyone,

I've been looking at cases for a while now and basically debating between the two mentioned above. I am planning to build a computer with an Ivy Bridge CPU (not sure if I'm going for i5 or i7, but definitely the unlocked version) and a GTX680, with the option to go SLI later if need be. I intend to overclock, but with air cooling only - planning to get a Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler.

Basically I want a cool and quiet case. According to most reviews neither of the two run very cool, but my plan was to add a side fan (or two in the case of 550D) to get better cooling performance, as according to http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/02/10/the-big-coo... the best place to put extra fans is on the side.

I was wondering if anyone had any input on this decision, apart from waiting for a review that compares the two. According to Hexus (http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/chassis/36473-corsair-obs...), the 550D is the quietest case they have ever tested, but the r3 has not been tested.

I'm aware the r3 is significantly cheaper, particularly as it includes fan control, which I would really like to have, but there are things I quite like about the corsair (the extra side fan spot, magnetic dust collectors, even better ease of mounting).

Please also feel free to suggest other cases that might be better suited.

Thanks for your help.



Whats your budget ?
March 30, 2012 8:23:59 AM

Uther39 said:
Whats your budget ?


Well I guess 550D with fan control and two fans would be about $200. So not much more than that.
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March 30, 2012 8:31:36 AM

If your not interested in any of those then i would definately go with the Corsair Obsidian 550D.
March 30, 2012 8:38:43 AM

I'm not too psyched on the way the Silverstones look, which is why I didn't include them.

The FT02 looks great though! If I find the cash I would go for that one - given that it is pretty much the best money can buy.

Why would you choose the Obsidian 550D over the R3?

Thanks for the input.

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March 30, 2012 8:45:00 AM
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"Why would you choose the Obsidian 550D over the R3?"

Well performance wise there pretty equal, but i love the looks of the Corsair.

I have the FT02 for my main rig and absolutely love it it was worth saving for 3 months for, it will probably be the last case i ever buy.
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March 30, 2012 8:46:53 AM

March 30, 2012 8:55:20 AM

Nice, it looks slick. It's definitely under consideration now that I realized my 550D build would cost only $50 less.
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March 30, 2012 8:58:00 AM

I have an AMD 1100t in there OCd to 4.0ghz, ambient room temps of 15c, it idles at 20c and under full load it never exceeds 45c, the air penetrator fans that come with the case are amazing and the have a fan controller fitted as standard, mine stay on the lowest speed setting all the time.
March 30, 2012 8:59:29 AM

Uther39 said:
I have an AMD 1100t in there OCd to 4.0ghz, ambient room temps of 15c, it idles at 20c and under full load it never exceeds 45c, the air penetrator fans that come with the case are amazing and the have a fan controller fitted as standard, mine stay on the lowest speed setting all the time.


Sounds awesome, how is the noise?
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March 30, 2012 9:03:46 AM

Hey huh ? What noise ? HAHA

No but seriously i have no need to have the fans off there lowest speed, when im sat next to it i can just hear it, stand up and walk 6 feet away and i cant hear it at all.
March 30, 2012 9:14:31 AM

Cool =) Thanks again for your help. One thing that does go in the 550D's advantage for me is that it would fit better under my desk, since the FT02 is about 5 inches longer so I think it would stick out, but thinking about it..
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March 30, 2012 10:04:40 AM

I never ever would put a pc on the floor, dyson comes to mind.
March 30, 2012 5:21:41 PM

Afraid I don't really have much choice there (my desk really does not have space for my computer) - but I might get some sort of surface to put it on top of.
March 31, 2012 8:18:45 PM

I think I'm likely to go for the Obsidian 550D with one or two extra fans then experiment a bit. Thanks for all your input =)
March 31, 2012 8:25:23 PM

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